Pat Atwell was named Drury's director of athletics on June 7, 2007, in a joint move when former AD Dr. Edsel Matthews was promoted to a newly created position, Vice President for Athletic Development. Atwell had spent the past 16 years at a fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference member school, Quincy (Ill.) University, where he had served as athletic director since 2001 and helped the Hawks not only become highly competitive in the GLVC, but construct several new facilities in his tenure. Atwell was also a highly successful head baseball coach with the Hawks from 1991 til he assumed the AD's role.
Atwell coached the Hawks to a record of 284-196-3 over the next 10 years, making him the all-time winningest coach in the history of the program. He led Quincy to Division II Tournament appearances in 1997 and 1999 and to back-toback 40-win seasons in 1999 and 2000. The second of those teams finished 42-17 and won the school's first-ever GLVC championship.
Atwell was named GLVC Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1999 and produced six All-Americans, including first-teamer Josh Rabe, who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 11th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball amateur draft, and pitcher Josh Kinney, who reached the major leagues in 2006 with the St. Louis Cardinals, serving as a key contributor on the World Series championship team. Atwell coached nine future professional players and his Hawks teams were ranked nationally six of the 10 seasons he was head coach.
A native of Andover, N.Y., Atwell graduated from Salem-Teikyo (W.V.) University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in physical education in 1983. He also earned his Master's of Arts degree in education from Salem-Teikyo in 1990.